Programs by Gpa: 2.80 + Dialogue of Civilizations


Annecy – French Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Annecy, France

Faculty leader: Catherine Dunand (c.dunand@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator:  Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session:  Wednesday, October 29 from 6 to 7:30 pm at 108 Snell
 Thursday, November 20 from 6 to 7:30pm at 216 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944: From Middle-Ages to WWII German Occupation: A walk through ancient and Contemporary Culture and History of Savoie
  • FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)

Description:

The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses: one being a French language immersion, and the other a study of the Regional French culture and history of Savoie. Both courses are held in Annecy, located in eastern France, between Geneva and Chambéry.  Annecy is one of the most beautiful resort towns of the French Alps and is often referred to as the "Venice of Savoie." The town is nested at the foot of the Prealps and on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the eastern Europe.  But Annecy is more than just a beautiful place to explore. It holds a rich history that made this region quite different from many others.  Thus, the objective of this program is to discover and examine the culture and history of the entire region of Savoie.  A trip to Paris will launch this special experience and introduce students to a city of considerable beauty and impressive history.

 

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Argentina: Spanish Language and Argentinian Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Faculty Leader: Claudia Sokol (c.sokol@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • SPNS1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Information Session: November 13, 5-6pm, 291 Ryder

Description:

This is a Language and Culture dialogue that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 weeks and then to El Calafate, Provincia de Santa Cruz (Patagonia) for 5 days. The students will take language classes at a language school, Bridge Argentina in downtown Buenos Aires as well as a culture class. There will be several guest speakers that will talk about Argentina’s history as well as its complex economy, Argentinian writers such as José Hernández, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, an Architecture Tour of the city of Buenos Aires, the tango and its influence in Argentina’s culture. We will take a City Tour to get to know the city and its different neighborhoods, a visit to the Teatro Colón, the second most important Opera- Concert house in the world, visit Tigre and its delta, Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, a World Heritage site recognized by the UNESCO, visit the El Ateneo Gran Splendid bookstore, a real gem located in the old theatre that retains all the glory of an Italian opera house, go to the Estancia Don Silvano in Capilla del Señor and experience the gaucho’s  life & folklore. In Patagonia we will visit the Parque Nacional los Glaciares & do trekking on the Glaciar Perito Moreno if the season opens when we get there! We will also volunteer at TAMA, an animal shelter & talk in two radio stations to bring awareness to the general public about the importance of helping the abandoned and abused dogs that live in the shelter under deplorable conditions, with no roof or heating enduring severe winters!


BALKANS: 20 yrs After Genocide: Conflict Resolution, National Reconstruction & European Union Politics in the Balkans

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belgrade, Serbia

Faculty co-leaders: Profs. Denis Sullivan and Will Lovely (d.sullivan@neu.edu and w.lovelyiii@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • POLS 4938: International Politics Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement

Description:

Building off of conflict resolution & peace-building and nation-building themes, the Balkans Dialogue investigates conflict and post-conflict reconstruction in the former Yugoslavia (principally Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo).  2015 is the 20th Anniversary of the end of the Bosnian War (1992-95), which included ethnic cleansing, genocide, and other war crimes - some of which are still being prosecuted 20 years later.   In this DOC,  we look especially at American efforts to end the bloody conflict in Bosnia (through the Dayton Accords) in 1995. Four years later, NATO and the US were also militarily involved in the Kosovo conflict, bombing Belgrade and other parts of Serbia.  using the case study approach, this course looks at the Balkans conflict from the break-up of Yugoslavia, the civil wars between and among a multiplicity of nationalist militias, parties and movements, and the US and NATO military strikes against Serbia during the 1990s.  We examine continuing efforts to bring war criminals to justice in The Hague as well as regional War Crimes Courts, and how this continues to impact Serbia's potential bid to join the EU and other international institutions (WTO, NATO).

SAMPLE Guest Lectures./topics include:

  • Balkans history, politics, and society
  • The fall of Yugoslavia, rise of independent "successor states"
  • Overthrowing a Dictator: the fall of Milosevic ("OTPOR!" Resistance movement)
  • War Crimes Prosecutions in Bosnia and in Serbia
  • The International Community (OHR, NATO, EU) in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo
  • Islam, Christianity (Orthodox and Catholic) and Judaism in Bosnia
  • Bosnian politics post-Dayton
  • Serbian politics post-Milosevic
  • Bosnian-U.S. relations; Serbian-U.S. relations, the role of Russia, Turkey, and Arab states in Bosnia and Serbs

BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Sao Paulo, Brazil


Faculty Leader:
Courtney Pfluger (c.pfluger@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator:Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • October 27, 2014, 12 pm, 368 SN
  • October 28, 2014, 5 pm, 368 SN
  • November 6, 2014, 12 pm, 368 SN

Term: Summer I

Website: Find out more about this dialogue here.

Courses:

  • GE1201 Alternative Energy Technologies Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Brazilian Culture

Description:

Learn about the different types of alternative energy technologies in a country that sources over 80% of its electricity by renewable technologies. We will be visiting multiple renewable energy sites and will be meeting industrial leaders who pioneered these technologies in Brazil. You will also be immersed in the Brazilian culture where you will learn about the history of Brazil, learn survival Portuguese, and participate in cultural activities such as learning how to samba, perform capoeira, and visit many cultural museums. The program will end in Rio de Janeiro, where we will take part in a community service project for two days and see the famous sites and beaches of Rio.

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BRAZIL: Brazil in the 21st Century: An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Faculty Leader
: Simone Elias (s.elias@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session:

By appointment: Please email Simone Elias at s.elias@neu.edu . 
 
Please check updates, walk-in, and virtual info session information here: http://www.northeastern.edu/brazildialogue/ 

Term: Summer I

Website: Read more about the program here.

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad: Brazilian Culture
  • PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/Directed Study: Students will take one of these courses

Description:

 21st Century Brazil- An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation: Examining the Aftermath of the 2014 World Cup for the Brazilian Society as well as the Public and Private Sectors in the Context of Portuguese Language, Brazilian Culture and Experiential Learning.

Several agencies, institutions and organizations including the Cultural Institute Brazil united States (ICBEU), State of Minas Gerais, Consulate of United States in Belo Horizonte, UNA University, Fumec University, FEAD University, and the Military Police, to name a few institutions, support the 2015 21st Brazil program. This unique academic and cultural experiential program offers students immersion into some of the world’s two most dynamic, diverse and growing States in Brazil: The State of Minas Gerais, one of the leading economic regions in the country (it is currently the second wealthiest in terms of GDP with a land mass greater than that of France), as well as the marvelous the state of Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the 2016 Olympics.

The states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2014 World Cup. The state of Minas Gerais is home to South America’s only helicopter manufacturing company, and has Brazil’s second largest automotive hub, being home of, Iveco, Fiat and Mercedes Benz.  The state excels not only on its vast industry. Minas Gerais state school network is among the best in the nation, and it is well recognized for its educational achievements – being the location of some of the best universities in the country.

The cultural immersion is furthered through academic exchange with students from the host institutions whom will act as "buddies" during the program. The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, including an excursion to marvelous Rio de Janeiro and other important satellite and historical cities in Brazil. In addition, students will also engage in lectures, and field visits with scholarly authorities and local leaders.

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BRAZIL: The Brazilian Coast Dialogue – Portuguese Language And The Cultural Layers Of An Up-And- Coming Northeast State In Brazil

Dialogue of Civilizations | Maceio, Brazil

Faculty: Simone Elias (s.elias@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Info sessions:
By appointment: Please email Simone Elias at s.elias@neu.edu . 
 
Please check updates, walk-in, and virtual info session information here: http://www.northeastern.edu/brazildialogue/ 

Term: Summer 2

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Brazilian Culture Immersion
  • PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/Directed Study Portuguese Language

Description:

Several institutions and agencies support the Maceio Brazil Dialogue, including the State Secretary of Industry and Commerce, the State House, and several environmental and educational institutions. In this Dialogue students will have the opportunity to learn about different facets of the Brazilian culture, while learning how locals and leaders preserve their environment.  In this unique dialogue, students will be immersed in the Brazilian culture in the context of environmental preservation, sustainability and economic development while learning the Portuguese language and engaging in conversations with regional leaders and locals. Environment sustainability is of global concern with the increasing awareness of global warming and preservation. This dialogue will provide a window into the best practices of organizations and locals in preserving its environmental while nurturing sustainable grown of a region. Visits include Maceio Industrial Complex, Petrobras, Brasken Villages, and Project Boi Marinho in Maragogi beach, which has been recognized worldwide for preservation of at the most endangered aquatic mammal species in Brazil to name a few visits.

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Chile: Hyperspectral Imaging- Pending Approval

Dialogue of Civilizations | Santiago, Chile

Faculty Leader: Charles DiMarzio (dimarzio@ece.neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

NOTE: This program is still waiting approval.  By showing up on the website, it does not guarantee that the program will be approved.  If you would like to receive a notification if and when it is approved, please complete the Inquiry Form

Information Sessions: TBA

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • EECE 3154: Hyperspectral Imaging in an International Context
  •  Culture, XXXX

Description:

In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to diverse problems in biology, health, environment and remote sensing. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in imaging, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Students wishing to work in this discipline in the future require not only strong technical skills (which transcend national borders), but a knowledge of the financial, political, cultural, and social issues that vary from one country to another. The theme of this program is international research and development. This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or signal processing, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU, will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in Hyperspectral Imaging to students (2) The program will also offer a 4SH culture course. (3) The program will include excursions. Prof. DiMarzio conducts research in biomedical optics with a group of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty collaborators in ECE and MIE. He has worked 14 years in industry prior to his career at Northeastern, and is strongly committed to introducing undergraduates to both academic and industrial research and development.


China: Chinese Culture and Architecture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Shuishan Yu (sh.yu@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad - China
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History

Program Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the colorful art world of China. They will be introduced to the various historical sites with great significance in the development of Chinese urbanism, architecture, and arts, being it in a city, a village, a temple, or a sacred mountain. They will study Chinese art and architecture first hand while exploring a variety of cultural and ethnic regions in China, developing a solid and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the direct observation of its urban and artistic expressions. Students will also participate in a cultural and professional dialogue with architects in Beijing and Shanghai, artists in Quanzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. Written work and group projects will compare China and the U.S. on topics of urbanization, architectural practice, artistic expressions, and historical preservation and interpretation.

 

The four-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first two and half weeks, students will use Peking University as the base, attending lectures and workshops while exploring China’s most important cultural, political, and economic center and its vicinities, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palaces. Weekend excursions can bring students to the nearby cities such as Tianjin and Chengde. During the last 10 days, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the significant Silk Road city Yinchuan in the culturally mixed Ningxia province in the Northwest, the port city and the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road Quanzhou in Fujian province in the Southeast, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.


China: Chinese Language and Culture through the Lens of Food

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nanjing, China

Faculty Leader: Hua Dong (h.dong@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Oct. 27th, 6:00pm, 275 Ryder Hall

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Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302  Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description: Now in its ninth summer, the language-intensive China Dialogue based in Nanjing offers students a chance to improve their Mandarin proficiency and cultural understanding in the best possible way – by speaking and living it in China. You will not only use it to find your way around some of the most famous landmarks in the world – the Great Wall and Forbidden City, for example – but in daily interactions with local residents while you live and study Chinese at Nanjing University. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to use the language you learn in both a Chinese home where you stay for a week and a workplace while you take part in a Chinese internship program related to your specific major.

This year, the dialogue will have a new focus, food. We will use food as a lens to explore topics relating to Chinese history, society, art, politics, and its relationship to the rest of the world. We will find out the beliefs on food values and taboos, food as medicine and its relationship to religion and environment from the assigned readings and dialogues with the locals and experts. We will visit the urban farmers’ markets and rural farms to learn about the concerns of food safety and security and initiatives from internet activism to sustainable farming; we will learn about the environmental impact of China's large meat industry. Today, one-third of the world’s meat is produced in China and half of all pigs live there. You will get a bite of China by sampling diverse regional cuisines at different locations, from street stands to fancy restaurants, fromtraditional local brands to Big Macs and Starbucks in China, to experience the regional and cultural diversity, the fast pace of urbanization and globalization in the country and their impact on food, business, and the society as a whole. You will listen to farmers to talk about their lives and land, and expatriates from famous design firms on how to design for the emerging Chinese middle class consumers. You will also learn some basic Chinese cooking methods and hone your “knife skills” with a Chinese kitchen cleaver at a culinary school.

This course provides intensive Chinese language training, cultural studies, homestay and internship opportunities in China. You will take Chinese classes for a total of 100 hours, and intern in a Chinese company or institution for a total of 30-40 hours. Placement of internship will try to match your field of study, skills and interests, and cover a wide range of sectors. You will also have the opportunity to experience the daily lives and customs of Chinese by spending a week living with a local family. The program will be based in Nanjing, a historic city with long and influential history as the capital of six dynasties, and is only an hour by train north of Shanghai. The program will visit historic, political, and cultural sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Anhui and Nanjing.

Check out the daily blog sites from the past years, http://neuinchina2014.blogspot.com for 2014, http://neuinchina2013.blogspot.com for 2013,  http://neuinchina2012.blogspot.com for 2012, and http://neuinchina2011.blogspot.com for 2011.

 


China: From West to East: Chinese Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Kunming, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Qinghong Cai (q.cai@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Session:

January 15th, 6-7pm, 275 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/4301/4302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

Description:

This Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 4 exciting Chinese cities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introduction to Chinese history, culture, ancient wisdom, and businesses.

Taipei and Hong Kong are famous international cities known as two of the four Asian little dragons in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, students will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as a whole in 3 distinctively different regions with each of their own unique governmental structures and different Chinese cultural custom variations within this one program.

  • 5 week Dialogue trip:

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, also known as “City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its perpetual spring like weather with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. It will certainly offer you a paradise-like summer.

This dialogue offers participating students 100 hours of practical Mandarin, one of the most spoken languages in the world. All classes for different levels are in small group setting which is 4 hours per weekday and is equivalent to one semester Chinese course even for the beginners. In addition, each student will have a 2-hour daily conversational practice with a language partner, one on one, whose major is teaching Mandarin as a foreign language.

Students will also attend 50 hours of cultural classes that offer interesting introduction to the only longest surviving ancient civilization in the world. This includes activities such as Meditation, Chinese Martial Arts, Birds Freeing for Good Fortune Ceremony, Chinese Tea Ceremony with live Classical instrument performance, Chinese Rap songs with Drum practice, Ancient Chinese Aromatherapy, Body/Foot Spa with Chinese herbs, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Paper cutting, Chinese knotting, Chinese Folk Dance, etc.

On weekends, students get to visit world famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites, such as Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Karst Caves, Hong Kong night tour, etc.

You are welcome to access 2014 Summer II China Dialogue short film on YouTube


Cornwall and England — Literature and Place: Arthurian Legend and the Ecology of Cornwall

Dialogue of Civilizations | , England

Faculty: Kathleen Kelly (k.kelly@neu.edu) and Cecelia Musselman (c.musselman@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ENGL 3151 Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
  • ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary AWD

Description:

Students take a literature course and an Advanced Writing in the Disciplines course that are designed to be complementary by focusing on place, space, and landscape and on how language and culture constructs our relations (humanist and scientific, via literature and first-hand experience) with the environment and its non-human inhabitants. We will first visit Glastonbury, Stonehenge, and Tintagel, and stay for about two weeks in the coastal town of St. Ives, Cornwall, and then on to the small university town of Exeter and to London.

Combined, ENGL 3605 (Medieval Romance) and ENGW 3315 (Interdisciplinary AWD) invite students to explore how literature and place shape each other, and how places and ecosystems change over time, mainly due to Anthropogenic interventions. Instead of following the model of one course taught by an NU faculty member and the other “culture” course offered by an in-country specialist, we will weave local guest lecturers and tour guides into both courses: a tour of the ruins of Tintagel Castle, for example, gives students the opportunity to learn about one of the most important Arthurian sites in England and to study the process of legend-making as it is tied to place, and also offers a glimpse into how a centuries-old human-built structure has altered the ecosystem in which it is sited.

 

 


CUBA: Cuba y La Fotografìa -CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Havana, Cuba

Come view the Summer 2014 Cuba Dialogue Exhibition!  Beginning Monday, September 29, 2014, West Village H.

Faculty Leader: Luis Brens (l.brens@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 5, 2014, 6:00 pm, 240 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Photo Basic
  • ARTE2501 History - Cuba Cultural History

Description: All Students in the Cuba Dialogue will be enrolled in Cuba Cultural History, a class with a focus on the culture, music and visual arts, while engaged in an intensive photographic program. Weekly assignments that encourage engagement with the local culture will be assigned. Students will take Photo Basics for Majors and Non-Majors Photo Basics will cover current photographic software and digital camera usage and is open to the entire university. It is designed for students with no prior knowledge of photography.  A final portfolio is required for successful completion of Photo Basics. The program will begin with an on-campus component in Boston after which, students will travel to Cuba with the group. Cuba


England & France: Exploring Fashion in London and Paris

Dialogue of Civilizations | Paris, France

Faculty Leader: Frances McSherry (f.mcsherry@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle  (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Wed. November 5 6:30p-7:30PM (in Theater Dept Offices) and Thurs, November 13, 6:30-7:30PM (Theatre Dept Offices)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • THTR 1233 19th and 20th Century Fashion & Costume
  •  THTR 1240 Fashion Trend Forecasting

Description:

This Dialogue of Civilization will focus on the history of 19th, 20th and 21st century fashion design and the complex field of 21st century fashion forecasting.


Germany and Poland: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Germany

Faculty Leaders: Professor Natalie Bormann (n.bormann@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • POLS4937: Government and Politics Learning Abroad in Germany and Poland
  • INTL4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: The role of Trauma and Collective Memory in Europe today

Description:

http://nuweb9.neu.edu/germanypolanddialogue/

https://www.facebook.com/GermanyPolandDialogue2013

This program offers students immersion into the role and legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and Poland – as one of the most significant and traumatic topics of Europe’s shared history and politics.  Students will travel to Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow – cities that played central roles during the Holocaust and that continue to be central as sites of remembrance, memory and trauma.

The program consists of visits to key sites of trauma and memory, including the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, the Nuremberg trial courtroom, Schindler’s factory, the former Jewish Ghettos in Warsaw and Krakow, Villa Wannsee, and many more sites.  These visits are complemented by lectures, seminars, guided tours – given by faculty of the University of Munich, the Free University Berlin and the Jagiellonian University Krakow - interviews with Holocaust survivors, and by archival research.


Germany: Photography and Design in a German Cultural Context – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

*Please note this program is closed and no longer accepting applications*

Faculty Leader: Andrea Raynor (a.raynor@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: October 28th, 5:30pm, 305 Ryder

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • ARTE 2500: Documentary Photography OR ARTG 1250: Design Process, Context and Systems
  • ARTE 2501:German Cultural History

Term: Summer II

Description:

Spend the summer 2 term studying photography or design in Berlin, Germany. Students can choose either the Documentary Photography class or the Design Process,Context + Systems class. All students will be enrolled in the German Cultural History Class. All classes are open to the University. The Photography and Design classes can serve as electives to students outside of the Art + Design Department and fulfill major and minor requirements to students within the department. The German Cultural History credits will fulfill the university requirement of Comparative Study of Cultures.

Berlin was a nexus of 20th-century European culture, for better and for worse. Through Nationalism, Fascism-Nazism, Communism, and now Internationalism (the EU)—Berlin has been a symbol and often a victim of Europe’s idea of itself. In the 21st century, Berlin has become both the hope and the testing ground of what Europe will be in the next fifty years. We intend for this dialogue to expose our students—through the practice of photography and design—to the follies of the past and the promise of the future, while we train them in the discipline of developing a considered visual response to direct observation.


GREECE: Then and Now – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Athens, Greece

Group Leader: Prof. Richard A. Katula (r.katula@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Thursday, Oct 30th 6Pm-7PM 105 Shillman

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • COMM 3306: International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement

Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the people and the culture of Greece, from ancient times to the present. The special emphasis of this Dialogue is the Greek people and the economic crisis they face today. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek economic crisis, Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, film), and history (ancient and contemporary). In addition to the lectures and live events, students will visit historic sites and archaeological sites in the following venues: Athens, the Peloponnese, Crete, Santorini, Cephalonia, Rhodes, Delphi, and Olympia. At some of these sites, students will go on tours to antiquities such as the Parthenon, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympic grounds and museum, Delphi, Lindos, Knossos, Simi, Nafplion, ancient Agora, etc. At other sites, students will interact with local citizens and students from around the world, discussing issues common to them and controversies affecting the region. During the course, students will maintain a photo-journal, write three book reports, and write two reaction/research papers on topics associated with lectures or places from our travels.

We will meet three times prior to our departure, usually in the early evening at times convenient for all students (Fridays). During the first session, we will become familiar with the country of Greece through maps, power point slides, and a discussion of the syllabus. During the second session, we will discuss Greek history from Minoan times to the present, and the impact of Greek civilization on America. The first session will also review the necessities of travel such as packing, money, clothes, lotions, and working together as a team. The second session will focus on the Greek language, and on Greek culture today: art, media, economics, politics, etc. The second session will take place the day of our departure. The third session is a mandatory session offered by the Global Experience Office at a time to be announced by the GEO. Throughout these three sessions, we will discuss questions that arise about the logistics of the tour, and we will review our roles as cultural ambassadors.


Hong Kong: Society, Transition and Health in Hong Kong, China

Dialogue of Civilizations | Hong Kong, China

Faculty Leader: Katherine Schlatter (k.schlatter@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 2

Courses:

  • PHTH1261: Comparative Health Care Systems: Global Hong Kong
  • INTL 4944: Hong Kong's History, Culture, Society and Transformation

Program Description:

This intensive summer DOC to Hong Kong will immerse students in Southern Chinese Culture and introduce them to the economic, cultural, and societal transitions of this dynamic territory as it evolved from a grouping of villages into a British trading post, Crown Colony, and finally, as a Special Administrative Region of China.  Hong Kong is a thriving diverse international city and important economic and cultural hub situated on China'a Southern coast facing the South China Sea.  It remains a major regional trading hub, tourist destination, and producer of film, media, and innovation.


Iceland: Field Study of Volcanic and Glacial Processes

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Iceland

Faculty Leader: Mal Hill (m.hill@neu.edu)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)
Information Session: October 29th 6-7PM 231 Forsyth Building AND November 5th 6-7PM 231 Forsyth Building
Term: Summer II
Courses: 
  • ENVR 5201 Geologic Field Seminar
  • ENVR 5202 Environmental Science Field Seminar Abroad

Description: 

Iceland’s location on an active plate boundary (the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) and its location near the Arctic Circle makes it a great destination for environmental field study of young lava flows and volcanoes; older, uplifted and more deeply eroded rocks to the east and west sides of the active rifts; and study of both modern and ancient glacial processes.  Volcanic landforms and eruption styles differ, depending on whether magma erupts on land, beneath the ice, or flows into water, and we study examples that formed in each environment.  Glaciers erode the landscape, transport and deposit sediments, and melt gradually to form rivers (much of Iceland’s electricity derives from hydropower).  Sometimes, when lava erupts beneath a glacier, rapid melting of the base of the glacier forms disruptive, magma-induced floods (known as jökulhlaup).  In addition to focusing separately on volcanic and glacial processes, we will consider the ways that magma and groundwater interact to create geothermal energy; how magma and glaciers interact; and how Icelandic society is influenced by these and other environmental factors.  This is a field-based experience, and most days involve some or much hiking to get to and from the study area for that day.  We spend most nights in tents in campgrounds, and Iceland is known for having occasionally windy and rainy weather.  Interested students can contact Mal Hill (m.hill@neu.edu) in the Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences for additional information.


Iceland: Time Machine

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Iceland

Faculty Leader: Julia Hechtman (j.hechtman@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle  (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: October 15, 2014, 5:15PM, 305 Ryder and Tuesday, November 4th 5:15PM Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • ARTE2500 Time Machine: Site Sensitivity and Iceland
  • ARTE 2501 Cultural and Art History: Iceland

Description:

This is a 5 week studio experience where students begin by collecting footage and images from a week-long road trip around 3/4th of Iceland. After that we will settle in the northwest, in a town called Skagastrond. We will spend three weeks there and then hit the road again, looking at large-scale artworks and ending up in Reykjavik.

The projects are structured and focused on landscape and it's influence on time and experience.  Students will participate in a series of exercises, hike on a glacier, go whale watching, visit a geothermically heated nature bath, watch the sun barely dip in the sky at midnight on the summer solstice, watch films, listen to lectures, and discuss readings. There are intense critiques and conversations every day except weekends.

 


INDIA: Climate Change Science and Policy

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

Faculty leader: Auroop Ganguly (a.ganguly@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Website: You can find out more about this dialogue here

Courses:

  • CIVE4777 Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities
  • CIVE4778 Climate Adaptation and Policy

Description:

Climate change has been described as a “clear and present danger” to humankind by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and as “the only thing that … has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it” by former United States President Bill Clinton. The two courses will explore the science, impacts, and policy issues pertinent to climate change.

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INDIA: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

Dialogue of Civilizations | Hyderabad, India

Faculty Leader: C. Sara Minard (c.minard@neu.edu) Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu) Information Sessions:

  • October 30, 2014, 6-6:30 pm. 108 West Village G
  • UPDATED*: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, *1:300-2:00 pm, *342 Curry Student Center with Professor Minard

Courses:

  • ENTR4512 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India
  • ENTR4514 Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India

Description: The overriding premise of this four-week Dialogue on Civilizations course in India is that the inception and implementation of a social innovation begins by understanding a social problem within a particular context, and developing a systems-based approach to imagining solutions to reduce or solve the social problem. Through a learning-by-doing approach, students delve into critical social problems in the country—gender inequality, financial exclusion, climate vulnerability, environmental degradation, water access, disease, illiteracy, human trafficking, food insecurity, etc.—and working alongside local counterparts in government, private sector and the social sector, they design, develop and test innovative solutions to improve existing systems and help local partners achieve sustainable development. This course has three parts: 1 - a personal journey of establishing communication between heart, mind and experience, between imagination and facts, 2 – a social entrepreneurial journey of researching and designing sustainable economic solutions to social problems, 3 – a global citizen journey of examining what are common human experiences in a globalized world in order to understand how, as global citizens, we can use this awareness to inform decisions in our everyday lives, overcome separation and build communities based on an appreciation of difference.

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IRELAND: Art Minor in Ireland

Dialogue of Civilizations | Ballyvaughn, Ireland

Faculty Leader: Mira Cantor (m.cantor@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • October 22, 5 pm at 403 Ryder Hall
  • November 19, 5 pm at 403 Ryder Hall

Terms:

  • Summer 1 Art Studio: Painting and Drawing in Ireland
  • Summer 2 Art Studio, Culture, and History in Ireland

*Students who participate in both summer terms will fulfill four required courses for the Art Minor!  See below for more information.

Courses:
*See below for how courses fulfill Art Minor requirements

Summer 1:

  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Observational Drawing
  • ARTE 2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Painting Basics in Ireland

Summer 2:

  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Art Studio in Ireland
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History - History and Culture in Ireland

Description:

All students have their own studios.

The Art Minor in Ireland is a new program designed to allow students to complete four courses toward the Art Minor in the months of June and July for 16 credits. It also gives other students who have an interest in art the opportunity to make work for 8 credits in Summer 1 or 2.  Summer 1 is focused on the basics of painting and drawing. Summer 2 is an intermediate program focused on individual projects and self -direction in any media. (See below for more information)

These are team taught courses that will enable art students to work on their strengths. Students will experience cultural and physical differences in landscape and people which will inspire their imaginations and help interpret their experiences in a unique way. We are located at the Burren College of Art on the western coast of Ireland in a town of 400 people. All students have their own studios that are open 24/7.  A journal is required as well as some readings.

View a video of the program!

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IRELAND: Irish Society, Literature and Film

Dialogue of Civilizations | Dublin, Ireland

Faculty Leader: Patrick Mullen (p.mullen@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 13th, 5pm, 472 Holmes Hall (Barrs Room)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ENGL3487: Film and Text Abroad: Irish Cinema
  • ENGL2600: Irish Literary Culture Abroad

Description:

In this program students will be introduced to modern Irish culture and society through its vibrant traditions of literature and film.  Students will focus on the exploration of Irish novels, short stories, and films using these as gateways to explore the island’s history, politics, monuments, architecture, landscapes, music, food, and folk culture.  Literature has long held a uniquely important place in Ireland, so students will have the opportunity to read Irish greats such as Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce, and modern prize-winners such as Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, and Colm Toibín.  Students will learn techniques of literary analysis and discover how literature situates itself in the rich life of the island.  Irish film production took off in the 1990s, but the explosion that brought the world powerful films such as In the Name of the Father and The Magdalene Laundries grew out of a long relationship between Ireland and cinema.  Students will be invited to explore this cinematic history as well as contemporary film production both experimental and mainstream.


ISRAEL: Contemporary Israel and its Complexities

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tel Aviv, Israel

Faculty Leader: Lori Lefkovitz (l.lefkovitz@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Information Sessions: November 4, 7:30PM Holmes 472

Website: Read more about the program and past student experiences here

Courses: 

  • ENGL 2610    Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad(will also meet Jewish Studies, Mideast Studies, or English elective requirements)
  • POLS 4937 : Israel: Society, Culture, and Politics(note:  prerequisite POL 1155 has been waived for this course when taken abroad; will also meet Jewish Studies, Mideast Studies, International Affairs)

Description:

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the modern State of Israel, this Dialogue will explore the complexities of Israeli society, politics, and culture and how they are presented in journalism, art, and literature.  What are the key narratives and characteristics of Israeli society?   How do journalists and creative artists shape our perceptions of Israel’s complex reality?  How do various Israeli authors and artists grapple with such issues as diversity within the population, the conflicts between Israel and her neighbors and between Israelis and Palestinians, and how does Israel negotiate its Jewish identity with liberal democratic values?  Students will learn about Israel’s political system and political history, and they will read memoirs and fiction, visit museums on docent-led tours, and meet with leaders, journalists, artists, and academic experts.  Special focus will be on the city of Jerusalem, our host city, a multicultural center of three religions and multiple ethnic groups, but we will also travel to and study these issues as they are reflected in the South, Tel Aviv, and the North of Israel.

 


Italy: Family Business Studies

Dialogue of Civilizations | Verona, Italy

Faculty Leaders: Prof. Justin Craig (j.craig@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • ENTR3346: Family Business in Italy
  • ENTR3348: Family Business: A Global Perspective

Information Sessions: November 10, 6pm, 229 Richards Hall and November 12, 6pm, 239 Richards Hall

Description: 

Program Videos:

The Family Business Studies Italy Dialogue provides students with:

  • a comprehensive contemporary overview of Italian family business dynamics, politics, history, culture ,and society, with an intentional focus on the comparisons between Northern Italy versus Southern Italy. Through formal and informal activities (lectures, company and historical site visits, dialogues), students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Italian family business leaders in dialogue and discussion of contemporary challenges sustaining business across generations as well as related topics concerning impact of current events, culture, history, and global issues.
  • an understanding of: why families continue to play such a large role in some of the most prominent firms in emerging and mature economies? how families in business manage to maintain ownership control, yet divest of unrelated business ventures? how Italian family businesses internationalize yet maintain control?

Italy: Italian Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Mantova, Italy

Faculty Leader: Alessio Tognetti (a.tognetti@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ITLN2301/2302/3301/3302 Italian Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description: 

Have you been in Italy before ? Had a great time, but came back feeling like deep down you never really left the US?    You are not alone.                    That is what  our Dialogue of Civilization is tailored for.  During this 1 month program  you will not only get to follow intensive language and culture courses, but you will get to experience the true “secret life” of Italy, the one that you do not get to see on tv or in movies. Our program main location, Mantova is uniquely suited for this task: Mantova is a small but rich city, it numbers only 50,000 inhabitants, but it has all the comfort of a larger metropolis: restaurants, museums, bars, café, internet etc. Despite its modernity, Mantova still maintains extremely close ties to its cultural past, and for a city that is 4000 years old , there is lots of that .  This unique blend will allow for one of the best cultural and linguistic immersion: the kind that provide authenticity without compromising safety or comfort.

The experience will be 4 fold:  1 = intensive Italian courses  5 days a week 5 hours per day.  2 = Culture class 3 days a week 2 hours per day. 3 = Field trip and exploration. Every weekend using Mantova as our home base we will explore the territory of northern Italy , from Romeo & Giulietta Verona, to the lakes and the alps. 4 = free time, this is where you, the student, has the opportunity to get their feet wet in the culture and language. You may get additional information at www.mantovadoc.weebly.com


Italy: Italy and the Scientific Revolutions

Dialogue of Civilizations | Florence, Italy

Faculty Leader: Waleed Meleis (meleis@ece.neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Information Session: Monday, November 3, 6-7pm, 160 Richards Hall *Food and Refreshments Will Be Served*

Courses:

GE 1210: Scientific Revolutions Abroad
ITLNXXX: Italian Language Immersion (level depends on placement)

Description: This Dialogue studies two revolutions in scientific thought: the Scientific Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries and the computational revolution of the 20th century.  We begin with an exploration of the Scientific Revolution, as exemplified by the work of Copernicus and Galileo in Italy.  From our base in Florence and Rome, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, we trace the evolution of scientific thought from the 16th through 18th centuries.  We study the natural connections between the history of science taking place during the Italian Renaissance through scientific outings to local museums, observatories, universities, laboratories and archaeological sites.  We then contrast this material with key results from chaos theory, computational complexity, logic, physics, quantum mechanics, and the theory of computation, all developed in the 20th century.  Students will visit key historical, cultural and artistic sites in Florence, Rome, Pisa, Bologna, and Vinci. 

For more information, please visit the Dialogue website:

http://www.northeastern.edu/scientificrevolutions


Italy: Photography and Art History of Rome and Venice

Dialogue of Civilizations | Venice, Italy

Faculty Leaders:  Andrea Greitzer (a.greitzer@neu.edu) Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu) Information Sessions: October 20th, 5:30pm, 305 Ryder October 29th 5:30pm, 305 Ryder Term: Summer I Courses:

  • ARTE 2500 Art and Design Abroad: Studio-Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Architecture
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Art History

Every student will register for Photo Basics. Students may choose to take either Italian Culture Through Art History or Italian Culture Through Architecture. Description: The Rome/Venice dialog is in its 10th year. Students become a part of the Italian ethos; they eat, shop, live, take classes, and do business in the cities on a daily basis. Student’s firsts travel to Rome and spend 1 week learning about the city as well as photography in it. Then, by train, we travel to Venice, there we spend 4 weeks studying the culture of this unique city and photographing in it.


Italy: Sustainable Waste Management, European Practices for Resource Recovery and Environmental Protection

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cagliari, Italy

Faculty Leader: Annalisa Onnis-Hayden (aonnis@coe.neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: October 30, 6pm, 210 Shillman Hall *Pizza and Refreshments Will Be Served*

Courses:

  • CIVE 4540: Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
  • CIVE 4541: Waste Management and Policy Abroad

Description:

Humans have a tremendous impact on the environment through simple use of resources, particularly if we look at the equation from cradle to grave. Much resource use results in waste, either as a byproduct or an end result. Solid waste creates a significant environmental problem on many levels. It often signifies inefficient use of resources, it contributes to land use issues (e.g. landfills) and it can initiate pollution in other mediums such as air, soil and water (e.g. incineration or leachate from landfills). We have a mounting problem with solid waste management in our society and world. The two courses will explore the engineering, science, environmental impacts, and policy issues pertinent to waste management in Europe.


JORDAN: Arabic Language & The Arab Uprisings: Jordan and Beyond

Dialogue of Civilizations | Amman, Jordan

Faculty Leaders: Denis Sullivan (d.sullivan@Neu.edu) and Muna Ibrahim

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations (Middle East Studies)
  • ARAB 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301, or 3302 Arabic Language Immersion

Description: 

The Jordan Dialogue provides students with intensive instruction in Arabic (Jordanian dialect), at SIT/World Learning (Amman) and an in-depth overview of Jordanian and regional politics, history, culture, and society. Through formal and informal activities, students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Jordanians in dialogue and discussion of current events, culture, history, and bilateral (Jordan-US relations) as well as global issues. Will Jordan undergo its own "Arab Spring" (Uprising)? How has it been impacted by the Arab uprising in Syria, the continuing violence in Iraq, efforts at peace-making between Israel and Palestine? Guest lectures/topics include:

  • Jordanian history, politics and society (Bedouins, Tribes, Palestinians, Christians)
  • Jordan as regional peace-maker and military partner
  • Jordan-U.S. relations
  • Syria's crisis and the impact on Jordan - refugees, military preparations, economic dislocation
  • Women in Jordanian society

Kenya: Interdisciplinary Program on Public Health, Politics, Culture and Swahili

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nairobi, Kenya

Faculty Leader: Prof. Richard Wamai (r.wamai@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Information Session: Thursday, October 30th, 6pm, 206 Lake Hall

Courses:

  • AFRS2900 Politics, Culture and Swahili in Kenya
  • AFRS4939 Community Health and Development in Kenya

Description:The Kenya Dialogue is a rigorous and highly interactive experience immersing students into local urban and rural communities in various parts of the country through extensive field visits, stays, sharing and continuous exposure in the course of the program. The Dialogue provides students an unparalleled opportunity to engage in and learn about the major health, socio-economic, cultural, and political issues that characterize the every-day life of the people and communities of Kenya. The program engages local guest speakers and institutional visits that are key actors in their fields in health, politics and culture. Students develop participatory skills in community and problem-based models through these interactions, language instructions, individual research and experiential learning.

For more information: Contact Prof. Wamai, r.wamai@neu.edu, Tel. 617-373-4130


Lithuania: The Baltic States Before and After Communism

Dialogue of Civilizations | Klaipeda, Lithuania

Faculty Leader: Harlow Robinson (h.robinson@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Information Session: Tuesday, November 25th, 2-3:30pm, 300 Richards Hall

Courses: 

  • HIST 3304:  Topics in History: The Baltic States Before and After Communism
  • INTL 4944: The Baltic States in Transition

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Description:To understand the human dimensions of the dramatic political changes that have taken place in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia since signing of the Molotov Ribbentrop pact in 1939. What has it been like to live through the rise and fall of Communism, and into the brave—and often frightening--new world of capitalism? By using historical writings, memoirs, novels and films, we will examine the transformation of the societies in this volatile region in pre- and post-Soviet period. How did the USSR attempt to control the local populations? How have these various countries and societies dealt with the difficult transition from Communism to capitalism and joining the European Union? In light of recent events in Ukraine, we will also look at the future of the former Soviet Republics. The goal of the course is to understand better what people gained—and what they lost—when the fences and walls came tumbling down from Berlin to Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.


London and Bath: Short Animated Film Production and Development

Dialogue of Civilizations | , England

Faculty: Terrence Masson (t.masson@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@husky.neu.edu)

Information Session: October 23 5:15Pm 301 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • ARTE 2500 - Art and Design Abroad: Studio – Virtual Environment Design 
    ARTE 2500 - Art and Design Abroad: Studio – Short Film

Description: 

Short film concept and development will include the fundamentals of story structure, storyboarding and editing ; production will include successful case study research, digital pipeline, asset creation and sound design.

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LONDON: Creative Entrepreneurship

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, England

Faculty Leader: Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (a.ocampo-guzman@neu.edu)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)
Information Session: Monday, November 3 6:30 - 7:30PM 180 Ryder Hall and Wednesday, Nov 12th, 6:30-7:30PM 180 Ryder Hall
Term: Summer I
Courses: 
  • THTR 1127 Improvisation for EntrepreneursTHTR 1165 The Professional VoiceThe two courses both satisfy Arts & Humanities Core Level 1. Please confer with your academic advisor to make sure the courses fit into your program of study.

The two courses both satisfy Arts & Humanities Core Level 1. Please confer with your academic advisor to make sure the courses fit into your program of study.

Description:

A creative way to enhance your education at Northeastern, this Dialogue aspires to give you specific practical tools to explore the way that you communicate, collaborate and create with others. Using theatre games, improvisation, ensemble building, voice & speech relaxation and concentration techniques, you will gain self-confidence, self-awareness and a passion for persuasive and articulate communication of your thoughts and ideas which will benefit you as a professional in the 21st century.


Lusaka: Driving Social Change: The Role of Nonprofits and Change Makers in Zambia

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lusaka, Zambia

Faculty Leader: Lori Gardinier (l.gardinier@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • In person: October 29, 2014, 12-1 pm, 310 Renaissance Park
  • Remote: October 28, 2014, 7-7:30 - Click here for details!

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • HSUV 4945 Leadership & International Program Development
  • HSUV 4866 Intercultural Studies through Human Services

Description:

This program introduces students to social change theories and social organizations in Lusaka, Zambia.  Attention is given to the political and economic forces that influence non-government organizational development, behavior and operations.  Students will analyze and compare popular preventative and reactive interventions for change including public health approaches, the use of aid, micro-lending and other sustainable development efforts.   Particular attention will be giving to issues of addiction and recovery, HIV and inadequate employment opportunities and their impact on community development.   Using lectures, presentations, case studies and service-learning this program will expose student to the theoretical and philosophical frameworks used to understand social development.  Students will also develop and apply skills, practices and techniques for program development and implementation in the nonprofit sector.  This experiential program focuses on program evaluation techniques, ethics in international volunteerism/foreign nonprofit interventions, globalization and its influence on the nonprofit sector.  Students will also consider how culture, program maturity, and management style influence organizational behaviors.  Through service-learning, team developed capacity building projects, and structured reflections students will consider the role of the third sector and other social change models in Zambia.


Multiple Locations: Politics and Culture in International and Comparative Perspectives

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty Leader: Philip D'Agati (p.dagati@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: POLS4937: Government and Politics - Learning Abroad

POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad

Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the politics and culture of Japan. They will have the opportunity to learn about the politics and culture of Japan while exploring important sites in and around Tokyo, Nagano, and Hiroshima.  Students will also participate in a political and cultural dialogue with students from Meiji University while staying three days at a traditional guesthouse near Mt. Fuji.  Students will continue to develop their knowledge of Japanese society and culture through directed visits to Japanese sites of political, historical, and cultural importance.  Meiji University students often accompany our students, providing a unique opportunity to augment the site visits with a local Japanese perspective.  Written work and group projects will compare Japan and the U.S. on a host of domestic and international topics.


NETHERLANDS: Sustainable Urban Transportation

Dialogue of Civilizations | Delft, Netherlands

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Furth (p.furth@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 4, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, 206 Egan

Term: Summer II

NOTE: The courses for this program are still pending approval.

Courses (Pending Approval): 

  • CIVE 4566 Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: European Perspectives (4 credits)
  • CIVE 4567 Planning and Policy for Sustainable Urban Transportation (4 credits)

Descriptions:

While the Netherlands is as affluent a country as the US, the Dutch drive cars half as much as Americans, ride trains 10 times as much, and ride bikes 40 times as much. They also have the world’s best traffic safety record, with a traffic fatality rate 67% lower than ours. Dutch bicycling infrastructure makes it safe for everyone – children and elderly as well – to ride bikes anywhere, and is a major reason that more than 25% of trip nationwide, and more than 40% in cities like Delft and Amsterdam, are made by bike. The goal of this program is learn Dutch principles for planning cities and for designing bikeways, roads, and transit networks that make ABC (all-but-car) transportation so attractive, and that make cities livable and safe.

The dialogue takes place in historic Delft, with classes held at Delft University. Students will ride bicycles daily for commuting and for field trips. About 1/3 of the time will be spent in classrooms, 1/3 on field trips, and 1/3 working on projects. Lecture speakers include experts and local officials responsible for urban planning, bikeway design, and transit planning. Field trips, made using bicycles and trams, enable students to see good examples of urban planning, bicycling infrastructure, and high quality transit, and often involve meetings with city officials. Field trips to more distant cities (e.g., Amsterdam)  involve train travel as well. Students will write blogs and papers documenting Dutch practices and examples, and will also do design projects, applying Dutch principles and practices to redesigning a Boston-area street or area. To see projects completed in 2011 and 2012, see http://wiki.coe.neu.edu/groups/nl2011transpo/

Students must be able to ride a bike, and be fit enough to ride for several hours at a relaxed pace. Students of all majors are welcome. Civil Engineering students will get credit for one Technical Elective.


PERU: Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lima, Peru

Faculty Leader: Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Information Session: Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm, 111 Snell Library

Courses: 

  • SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

Spanish Language Immersion (SPNS 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): This Spanish immersion program will take place in Lima, (the capital of Peru) and Cuzco. The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on developing all the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and to teach them to speak the language fluently. During this 5 week program students will speak Spanish, participate in cultural activities and interact with local people. It is an exciting way to explore the Spanish language and to experience another culture's people, ideas, customs and beliefs. Students will sample all that the cities of Lima, Ica and Cuzco have to offer using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (Air Force schools) in which they will help Peruvian high school students to practice speaking English and also explain the typical day in the life of a student at an American University. Students from Northeastern will participate in an immersion language program at the Private University UNIFE “Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon” http://www.unife.edu.pe (Translation and Interpretation Academic Program- Translation/Interpretation and Communication Science School). Studentswill have language partners to share their own culture and to learn Peruvian culture. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay at Peruvian host families, learning the culture and using the Spanish language in everyday activities.

Peruvian and Hispanic Culture (CLTR 4944): This course will introduce students to the broad spectrum of Peruvian and Hispanic culture through different activities. This Spanish culture class is based on experience-based learning and practicing Spanish. Students will acquire a new understanding of the culture of Peru and the Hispanic World. Students will be immersing themselves in the language and cultural opportunities presented through the in-country immersion experience. About 50 % of the class will be lecture and theory. The remaining 50% will be interactive activities, student participation and visits to historic sites in Lima, Ica and Cuzco. Among the sites included is Machu Picchu (one of the Wonders of the World). This Peruvian and Hispanic Culture class will be held in 3 different cities of Peru: Lima, Ica and Cuzco.

For more information: Contact Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

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Poland: From Occupation to Resistance

Dialogue of Civilizations | Warsaw, Poland

Faculty Leader: Prof. Jeffrey Burds (j.burds@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • HIST4946 Central Europe Abroad (Field Research)
  • INTL4944 Dialogues of Civilization/Regional

Information Session: November 12th, 3-4:30pm, 168 Snell

Description: 

Warsaw has rapidly become a second Prague in Europe—safe, negotiable in English, a beautiful and haunting 1200-year old city that represents the very best of several European cultures.

This Summer II Dialogue will examine the history of the Second World War in Poland--from the German invasion in September 1939, the Polish national resistance, the Holocaust,  the Warsaw Uprising, the Soviet occupation of Poland from autumn 1944, and the Solidarity Movement that brought Polish independence in the 1980s.  Based at Warsaw University, the program includes regularly scheduled classes with lectures by the Dialogue leaders and local scholars, plus visits to relevant historical and cultural sites around Poland.  Excursions are planned to the concentration camps at Auschwitz; Krakow (the site of the main school for training Nazi collaborationist police and prison guards); Zakopane—a mountain resort town where the Nazis had schools for SS and Abwher (military intelligence) assets; and Gdansk, the site of the Solidarity Movement that brought liberation of Poland from Soviet power in the 1980s.  The program will include a visit to Zelazowa Wola, the birth place and museum of Chopin, and attendance of a performance of his music. More than any other, Chopin is the Polish composer who created the soundtrack of the Polish national resistance struggle.

The Program leader is Professor Jeffrey Burds, an award-winning teacher and scholar whose work on the history of the Soviet secret police throughout Eastern Europe has earned him an international reputation. Program co-leader is Izabella Burds, a native of Warsaw, with an advanced business degree and more than 20 years of experience in Polish corporate life during the transition from Soviet satellite to one of the most successful of all post-Soviet economies. The program Resident Assistant is a member of the cultural section in the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, Miss Paulina Sieradzan.

 


Russia: Russian Language and Culture – A Tale of Three Cities

Dialogue of Civilizations | Moscow, Russia

Faculty Leader: Ekaterina (Katya) Burvikova (e.burvikova@neu.edu) and Kimberly Jones (k.jones@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • RSNN 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Russian Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Information Sessions: October 29th, 6pm, 452 Ryder Hall and October 31st, noon, 124 Ryder Hall

Description:

This is a Dialogue that invites students to examine Russia beyond the headlines. As part of the Dialogue program, we explore Russia's language, culture and history, as well as its geography and politics. Much of what is written and read in today's news, especially in the United States, offers a limited and narrow view of Russia. Too often, our understanding of this vast and vibrant country is reduced to examining the actions of its leader, President Vladimir Putin. However, understanding President Putin, and indeed understanding Russia, requires looking (and listening) beyond soundbites, and investigating the broader context of state and society.

Accordingly, students will have the opportunity to explore and deepen their knowledge of the Russian language through regular classes as well as immersion in the broader society. They will also be exposed to Russia's culture and history through visits to key historic and contemporary landmarks and related lectures and readings. Russia's geography and politics will also be examined though discussions and site visits, which will also build on readings. Students will be asked to delve deeper through reflective journal entries, essays which bring the readings to life, and have the opportunity to write a research paper.

This Dialogue will be a journey - an intellectual one, but also a geographic one as we travel through to and explore three key cities in Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. In many ways, Moscow is seen as the center of Russia, and it is in terms of population, government, and politics. Next, we travel to a former capital of imperial Russia - St. Petersburg - a place of great historic and cultural importance.  It also occupies a place of geopolitical prominence along the Baltic and is quite proximate to Europe.    Lastly, we travel to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. Tatarstan is home to many in Russia's ethnic Tatar minority community. It is also a place where the influence of the area's Muslim population is manifest in it's many mosques, and the Kazan Kremlin, a World Heritage site, sits at the region's cultural and historic crossroads.

 


Senegal: Doing Development, Encountering African Culture and Politics

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Senegal

Faculty Leader: William Miles

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Information Session: 

Monday, October 27, 3:30-4:30, 314 Meserve

Thursday, October 30, 5:30-6:30, 314 Meserve

Thursday, November 6, 5:00-6:00, 314 Meserve

 

Courses: POLS 4937 Encountering African Culture and Politics

POLS4938 Doing Development in West Africa

Description: 

Senegal – a French-speaking, Muslim nation on the West African coast – has maintained one of the most robust democratic systems on the entire African continent. That it has managed to do so in the face of persistent poverty is little less than remarkable. This program will introduce students first-hand to one of the most intriguing (and hospitable) countries in the annals of African and Islamic politics, history, culture, and economic development. By engaging in development projects via local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), to which they will be assigned, students will experience firsthand the challenges and rewards of “doing development.” Classes at the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar will be supplemented by excursions throughout the city and elsewhere in the country.


SOUTH AFRICA: Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Leader: Dennis Shaughessy (d.shaughnessy@neu.edu) and Gordon Adomdza (g.adomdza@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: October 30, 2015, 6:30-7 pm, 108 West Village G

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • ENTR3306 Global Development Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR3308 Business Economic History of Modern South Africa

Description:

The Field Research Program in South Africa is a hands-on, field based research program which is focuses on social entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa. Developed in 2008 by Professor Dennis Shaughnessy, this academically rigorous program will enable students to learn more about global development and how entrepreneurship can lift families out of poverty.

In Module 1, students will work directly with urban entrepreneurs from township communities to help grow their micro-businesses through the Entrepreneurs Consultation Project. Students will work in consulting teams with local students from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), which is a free business degree program for low-income students from the townships. At the end of Module 1, student teams will present a deliverable on behalf of their entrepreneur; select teams are eligible to receive funding of up to $10,000 USD from the NU-TSiBA MicroVenture Fund to support their entrepreneur’s business. This portion of the program allows students to gain real life "consultation" experience and also provides students with an understanding of real life venture capital for business development, particularly in an emerging market country such as South Africa.

In Module 2, students will study with Professor Gordon Adomdza to learn about human centered design and social innovation for the base of the pyramid (BoP) market. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research and consult directly for high impact social enterprises and nonprofit organizations in the Cape Town area.

The academic portion of the program includes subject material such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise development, micro-finance, impact investing, and small business management. Classes are supplemented with site visits to social businesses and enterprises in the surrounding Cape Town or Cape Flats area. Site visits also include guest lecturers from local social enterprises and businesses, visit(s) to Robben Island, Parliament and other historical/cultural sites. Students also attend guest lectures by South African historians, politicians, journalists, faculty, venture capitalists, doctors and researchers to engage students in discussion of topics relevant to South African history post-apartheid, and how the country’s controversial history has led to its modern day business climate.

Weekends include student led service learning projects and thoughtful community service. In this service learning exercise, students are encouraged to research which organizations they wish to support, and fundraise towards their project goal; this component of the program enables students to see impact of their own strategic social investing.

Weekends also include excursions, hiking trips, and an overnight safari.

Informational video about the South Africa Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program


South Korea: K-Pop and Music Business

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seoul, Korea

Faculty Leader: Won-Hee An (w.an@neu.edu) Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu) Information Sessions: Wednesday, October 29th, 5-6:30pm, 354 Ryder and Wednesday, November 12th, 5-6:30pm, 354 Ryder Courses:

  • MUSC2319 -  K-Pop and Music Business
  • CLTR4944 -  Korean Culture

Description: The Korean Dialogue program consists of two courses: (1) “K-POP and Music Business and, (2) Korean Culture. The first course will focus on Korean pop music and the rapid development of its music business from 1970 to present.  Classes during the day will include discussions on the history of Korean pop music, major K-POP artists, and the effect of K-Pop in the music business.  Site visits later in the day will provide context for these works.  The course related excursions will include visits to the recording studios, going to K-POP concerts, and TV stations. The second course, Korean Culture will provide a through examination of the Korean culture - major historical events, comparison between the traditional and the modern way of lives, the growth of the economy, etc. This course will be supplemented by course related excursions such as visit to the DMZ, Bukchon Housing area, National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, etc.


Spain – Spanish Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seville, Spain

Faculty Leader: Tania Muino Loureiro (t.muino-loureiro@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: November 3, 6:30pm, 31 Snell Library

Courses:

  • CLTR4944: Spanish Culture
  •  SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302: Spanish Language and directed study

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/dialogue.Sevilla

Description:

This program is designed to help students improve their language skills and to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture. Students will learn about the different aspects that make Spain such a unique country. During the program, we will stay in Seville for four weeks and one week in Barcelona. We will also visit some of the other nearby cities and towns during weekends, such as historical Granada.

Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucía and the third largest city in Spain. It is easy to get around the city and all of the major historical and culture sites and the student’s accommodations and school are within walking distance of each other. The program will be based in here and students will feel more like locals than tourists. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life is very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions. Seville boasts a variety of modern and traditional architecture with an explosion of colors and sensations. Here, you will experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes during the morning and followed by the traditional “siestas”, where people tend to relax and enjoy time with their families. This is usually followed with a nap when possible, during the warmest part of the day and while most shops and establishments are closed. The culture classes and service learning (community service) will be taking place mainly in the afternoon. There will be different cultural events and activities organized, such as cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

Students will choose from several options to complete the Service Learning component of the Spanish culture course. These were the options for 2014 (please note that options will change for 2015). Students choose one option:

  1. Comedor Social San Vicente de Paul. Help at a soup kitchen managed by Hijas de la Caridad (http://hijascaridad.org).
  2. Banco de alimentos. Help with the collection and distribution of food donations. (http://www.bancodealimentosdesevilla.org).
  3. Cooperación International. Help with the distribution of clothes and food donations to families in need. (http://www.ciong.org).
  4. ONG Paz y Bien. Students work at an institution assisting people with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities. (http://www.pazbien.org).
  5. Centro de mayores. Students volunteer at an elderly assisted leaving home and participate in a variety of activities with the residents.
  6. Clases de apoyo. Assisting kids with their homework in an after school program.
  7. Clases de inglés. Students work as a teacher´s aid for English instruction.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 to the present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition into democracy that followed Franco's death in 1975. It will also examine the new freedom from censorship after Franco died, the new cinema, and the radical changes and modernization in values, family, sex and religion that occurred after that period.

While in Spain we will visit Barcelona and Granada. Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world; it does not need an introduction. In Granada, you will experience life in a beautiful city full of history and culture. Granada was the last part of Spain to be under Moorish rule and you will still see the strong impact this has had in the city. We will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful La Alhambra palace, a World Heritage site and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s Tales of La Alhambra.


Spain: Journalism and Photography in Spain

Dialogue of Civilizations | Madrid, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (c.hempel@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

Description:

Students participating in this program will function as a traveling press corps. As international correspondents, they will find and pitch stories and report and write them (in English) on deadline for an online magazine created to showcase the course material. Students will also be expected to take photos for their stories, as well as provide video and audio when necessary and appropriate. Topics could include articles related to government, politics, religion, arts, sports, business and lifestyle. The estimated number of students for this program is no fewer than 15, and no more than 20. All the student work – articles to be published in an online magazine – will be “workshopped” vigorously throughout the program, edited and then posted with visuals and media.


Spain: Process Safety and Chemical Engineering Abroad

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tarragona, Spain

Faculty Leader: Ron Willey (r.willey@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CHME 2322 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 Abroad
  • CHME 4625 Chemical Engineering Process Safety Abroad

Description:

This program will be based in Tarragona, Spain.  Two courses will be offered, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 Abroad and Process Safety Abroad.  Both are from the chemical engineering curriculum.  The first one is a required course in the curriculum.  The second one will serve as a chemical engineering elective.  The Dialogue is targeted to 2nd Semester Sophomores in the Chemical Engineering program who normally take 2 classes in Summer 2 including Thermodynamics 1.  In addition, to the courses, the program will include trips to local chemical industry in Tarragona, Spain region.  Each weekend, one day will be dedicated to cultural visits to historical sites in the Northeastern Spain (Tarragona and Barcelona).


Turkey and Germany: Politics of Space: Islam, Gender, Sexuality in Istanbul and Berlin

Dialogue of Civilizations | Istanbul, Turkey

Faculty leader: Prof. Berna Turam (b.turam@neu.edu) and Prof. Kathrin Zippel (k.zippel@neu.edu)

Teaching Assistant: Behice Pehlivan (pehlivan.b@husky.neu.edu

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Session: October 29, 2014, 11am-12pm, 210B Renaissance Park

Term: Summer: II

Courses: SOCL3471 Social Conflict & Community Services Abroad:  Politics of Gender and Immigration: Homeland and Host land

INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement: Diaspora and Urban Studies in Europe and the Middle East

Description:

This dialogue will provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of urban politics in Istanbul and Berlin. We will contrast issues facing the Turkish migrant population in Berlin, Germany, with the accommodation of religion in secular neighborhoods of  Istanbul.  After three successive victories of the pro-Islamic party in secular Turkey, we witness tension and power struggles between the long time secular and new pious residents of Istanbul. These deep fault lines between urbanites with different lifestyle will be the focus of our dialogue from Istanbul to Berlin. Throughout the dialogue and in interdisciplinary student’s research projects we will explore controversial issues of politics of the city, religion, gender, sexualities and immigration.

Shortly after the end of World War II, Turkish migrant workers were brought to Berlin to assist in the postwar reconstruction efforts.  These “Gastarbeiter” (guest workers) were settled in tenement-style buildings in what was intended to be temporary accommodations until they returned to their home country.  Over time it became apparent that these workers were not returning to their homeland and Turkish “ghettos” developed into the full-blown neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukoelln.  These two neighborhoods will be the loci of our urban exposure and critical analysis. The former is a highly gentrified neighborhood of Berlin, which is known as the Turkish neighborhood, but in fact appeals to a large body of residents and visitors, who appreciate mixed multi-ethnic urban space. NeuKoelln is often associated largely with lower socio-economic migrant residents, who are mostly Arabs, Middle Easterners and Turks.

Through participant observation, informal conversations and /or group discussions with the faculty leaders and guest speakers including those from the Turkish-German, gender, LGBTQ and migration community organizations, we will explore the ways in which urban, religious, gender and migration politics are played out in Germany and Turkey as they accommodate Muslim politics with a stable secular democracy.

The courses are intended for students in the University Scholars program and other exceptionally motivated and qualified students, particularly in upper classes. We encourage students from all majors who are interested to bring a unique perspective to the politics of space, religion, gender and sexuality.